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|Reflections from Peru
by Jacqueline Acosta
When I was 11 years old, I came to the United States. My parents and I decided to come and start a new life here. I always kept on mind that is going to be a bit hard to get used the different way of life.
My goal was to be a good student, but there was one thing that stopped from being confident to myself, that was not knowing as much English. I thought about that all the time, and was scared of not complete my goal. All that I could do is just give the best of me.
|At 7:00 in the morning. I was ready to go to school. My mind was full of questions, some questions that scared but the only answer was to think positive. My parents and I were heading to the office. There were so many different looking faces. Some were happy, some girls were talking, some boys were talking. They all had something in common.||
|My parents were about to leave, I didn't want them to leave. I was scared. My hands were shaking, but the bell was going to ring soon anyways, so they left.
I entered my classroom. Each desk had a card with a name written on it. I looked for my name, sat in my desk and took a deep breath. I felt prepared cause I knew there were going to be a lot of things that I was going to go through. My teacher welcomed us in a very friendly way. I felt good and liked that very much.
|We started the class by giving our names and sharing what we did over the summer. Everybody before me talked perfect English and talked so fast I couldn't even understand them.
Finally the moment came. It was my turn. I said my name and what I did over the summer. When I finished, I looked at everybody and they all understood me. I don't even know how I did it, but I did and it felt great. And that's why I think that knowing how to speak English is very, very important.
|Homework seemed very hard for me and took me hours to finish. Is just that everything was in English. There were times when I wanted to give up because I was scared not to be the good student that I was in my own country. My parents always comforted me and told me that everything takes time and that I had to be patient. They were absolutely right.
What Helped the Most
|Now I'm starting the 7th grade. Once more I am a good student like in my country. I feel very happy for myself.
The best thing is that my parents are very proud of me. I think all the hard work was worth it because education is the most important fact in my life.
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